Questionmark Signs Global Reseller Agreement with SAP

January 2014

We are delighted to announce the signing of a global agreement with with SAP AG, under which SAP will resell our testing and learning assessment technologies to its customers. Read on for details on this and other developments here at Questionmark, including some new options for creating customized reports. Kind regards, Joan Phaup, Editor

This issue of Questionmark News includes

  1. Questionmark Signs Global Reseller Agreement with SAP
  2. Open Data Theme for Questionmark Conference Keynote by Bryan Chapman
  3. Need Custom Reports? Try Out Our OData API
  4. What Are You Watching? Questionmark's Top 5 Videos in 2013
  5. Want to Learn the Easy Way? Join a Webinar
  6. Tech Tip: Create Your Own Reports Using the Questionmark OData API

Questionmark Signs Global Reseller Agreement with SAP

This week we were happy to announce the signing of a global reseller agreement with SAP AG, under which SAP will resell our technologies to its customers. Under the agreement, SAP will resell assessment technologies from Questionmark under the name SAP® Assessment Management by Questionmark. The application will be delivered on-premise and as a cloud offering to complement SAP Learning Solution and SuccessFactors Learning. The agreement builds on our established relationship as an SAP software solution and technology partner, as well as the longstanding compatibility of our technologies with both SAP Learning Solution and SuccessFactors Learning. Read the press release


Open Data Theme for Questionmark Conference Keynote by Bryan Chapman

Assessment and learning professionals collect lots of useful data about people's knowledge, skills, demographics, and much more. But how can they make the most of these metrics? Learning Strategist Bryan Chapman will help answer this question during his keynote address at the Questionmark 2014 Users Conference in San Antonio March 4 - 7. He will share some creative methods for using standards such as the Open Data protocol (OData) as a natural part of the learning and performance ecosystem. Other highlights include pre-conference workshops on Test Development Fundamentals and The Art & Craft of item Writing. Read a Q&A with Bryan Chapman Check out the conference program Sign up by January 30 for early-bird savings


Need Customized Reports? Try Out Our OData API

Questionmark offers many reporting and analytics tools, but sometimes you need to create a very specialized report or a one-time report specific to your organization. The Questionmark OData API makes it possible to access data freely and create your own reports using third-party business intelligence tools. With it, you can even combine the data you glean from assessments with information from other sources. Questionmark’s Open Assessment Platform provides a place where developers can explore the possibility of creating customized reports using the OData API. The site provides example open source code to show how your organization could provide reportlets on any website to display key performance indicators from many types of assessment data. The examples demonstrate these reportlets:

  • Attempt Distribution
  • PreTest PostTest
  • Score Correlation
  • Score Distribution

Questionmark OnDemand customers can plug in their own data to create their own reportlets, and developers can use tutorials to get detailed instructions about connecting to OData, retrieving data and creating charts. These OData resources are just a small part of the Open Assessment Platform, which provides blogs, tutorials and other resources for software developers and software engineers so that they can use our published APIs (Application Program Interfaces) to develop tools that integrate with our technologies. Please feel free to explore!

Access OData tutorials and dashboards Find other resources on the Open Assessment Platform


Learn the Easy Way, in a Webinar

Spending an hour with us online is the quickest way to grasp the basics of using Questionmark technologies. During your introductory webinar, a Questionmark expert will explain and demonstrate the basics of creating, delivering and analyzing online assessments. Here's the current schedule:

  • Friday, January 24th, at 11 a.m. Eastern Time
  • Wednesday, January 29th, at 3 p.m. Eastern Time
  • Tuesday, February 4th, at 1 p.m. Eastern Time

Sign up for your webinar


What Are You Watching? Our Top 5 Videos from 2013

You can learn a lot by tuning in to the Questionmark Learning Cafe. You can pick up some pointers on assessment-related best practices, get tips on integrations or learn how to use some of our question types. For starters, why not check out these videos that got the most views last year?

5. Actionable Data and the A-Model 4. Introduction to Questionmark 3. Copy & Paste & Enhanced Question Selection in Questionmark Live 2. Assessments through the Learning Process 1. How to Author a Hot Spot Question Using Questionmark Live


Tech Tip: Create Your Own Reports Using the Questionmark OData API

The Questionmark OData API is a powerful tool for accessing assessment data. It uses the Open Data Protocol to retrieve result data from the Questionmark Results Warehouse. That data can be fed into third-party business intelligence tools such as PowerPivot for Microsoft Excel 2010 and 2013 and Tableau. You can then use these tools to create reports that display exactly what you want them to. OData feeds include:

  • Participants
  • Groups
  • Results
  • Questions
  • Choices
  • Answers
  • Topics
  • TopicScores
  • Outcomes
  • Assessments
  • AssessmentQuestionLinks

Once a reporting administrator accesses a data feed, he or she can use all of the data or a subset of it – either by filtering data once it has been imported or by building an OData URL that pre-determines what data will be provided. Users can filter information however they like to build detailed reports that can be presented with as much or as little detail as required by different stakeholders. Questionmark software support plan customers can access the links below for tips about how to access the OData API, retrieve data from it and generate reports.

Using the Odata API What is the Anatomy of an OData URL? Video tutorial